Third Cycle Programmes
(Doctorate Degree/Doctor of Fine Arts)

D.1. General Information about Program


Department of Biostatistics was established in 1982 as a branch of Medical Biology. In 1996, it gained the status as a department under the Basic Medical Sciences.

Department engages the undergraduate biostatistics and computer science courses for the students of Faculty of Medicine and other faculties and colleges.

In addition to undergraduate education, department has also master, doctoral and integrated doctoral program within the Institute of Health Sciences. So far, 42 people received master science degree and 30 people received a PhD degree.

In addition to undergraduate and graduate courses, department also provides biostatistics and clinical experimental design courses at different levels according to the needs of different hospitals and health institutions.

Medium of education is Turkish. Foreign students are also accepted to the program.

D.2 Qualification Awarded



D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration


Students who have Master degree of Biostatistics or Statistics and provides the requirements of the Institute of Health Sciences are accepted as candidates of the program.

Having ALES (SAY) score type and ALES and Foreign Language base score determined by the Health Sciences Institute Board and approved by the Hacettepe University Senate http://www.saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/en/menu/ales_foreign_language_scores-252

To meet the application requirements of Hacettepe University Graduate Education and Examination Regulations and Institute of Health Sciences.

D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


In this program, students who complete all the courses (a total of 90 ECTS credits) with an academic grade point average of at least 3.00, takes the PhD Proficiency Exam. Following this exam, students have to prepare a thesis under the supervision of thesis advisor and defend the thesis in front of the jury. Having succesfully defend his/her thesis, students will be given diploma of PhD. 


D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


Students are accepted the program with valid provisions of H.U. Inst─▒tute of Health Sciences Graduate Education Regulation.

D.7. Goals and Objectives


Program aims to educate biostatisticians who are professionalized on research topics, are capable of developing new methods regarding the theory of statistics and its applications, are able to improve their statistical knowledge, are well-educated, intellectual, and reliant on ethical issues by means of a global biostatistics education.

The objective of the program is to educate biostatisticians who are able to apply statistical methods in new fields, have sufficient theoretical knowledge on biostatistics to be able to make scientific contributions to science, are able to apply advanced biostatistical methods properly and interpret results of their studies, are able to plan, carry out, and finalize researchs in their fields individually, and are able to use more than one statistical software efficiently.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


Graduates can work in research companies, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies where pharmaceutical researches are conducted. In addition, academic career is also possible for graduates.

D.13. Access to Further Studies


D.14. Profile of the Programme


The program is planned to be completed in at least eight semesters. The first four semesters are referred to as course training period while the last four semesters as thesis period. The courses included in the program are: "Article Criticism" with 2 ECTS, "Seminar" with 3 ECTS, "Applications In Biostatistical Consulting" with 2 ECTS compulsory courses with 35 ECTS, selective courses with 83 ECTS, "Preparation to PhD Proficiency Exam" with 30 ECTS and thesis work with 120 ECTS. 1 ECTS corresponds to 30 hours of workload. In the first three semesters; compulsory and elective courses should be completed to make a total of 90 ECTS. 47% of total 90 ECTS credits are compulsory courses, the rest 53% are elective courses. All elective courses, could be selected from the program courses. Student who completed the 90 ECTS, takes the course of "Preparation to PhD Proficiency Exam" in fourth semester. At the end of this semester student takes the PhD Proficiency Exam. Student who succeeded the PhD Proficiency Exam, advances the preparation of the PhD thesis stage.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


Evaluation and assessment methods for each course is defined by the lecturer in the "Course Teaching Plan?. The rules of the Institute of Health Sciences are valid for examinations and grades.http://www.saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/tr/menu/kanun_ve_yonetmelikler-219

D.16. Graduation Requirements


The regulations of the Institute of Health Sciences will be applied.  It is necessary for the student that academic grade point average should be more than 3.00 and being succesful in thesis defending exam. http://www.saglikbilimleri.hacettepe.edu.tr/tr/menu/kanun_ve_yonetmelikler-219

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Head of the Department of Biostatistics: Prof. Ahmet Ergun KARAA─×AO─×LU, PhD.┬á

Tel: (312) 305 14 67 Fax: (312) 305 14 59 e-mail: ekaraaga@hacettepe.edu.tr